Abiola Keller, Ph.D., M.P.H., PA-C

Abiola Keller
Abiola Keller, Ph.D., M.P.H., PA-CMarquette University

Clark Hall, 363

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-8569

Associate Professor

Highest Degree and Institution

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

Courses Taught

HEAL 1025:  Culture and Health

HEAL 7012:  Epidemiology

Research Interests

Reducing racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes for adults with chronic illnesses, including depression, by engaging patients, families, and clinicians in multi-level interventions that optimize chronic disease self-management behaviors is the focus of Dr. Keller's research. She uses both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and has experience working with complex health survey data such as the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care and National Ambulatory Medical Care Surveys. She also conducts community-based, participatory research with community and corporate partners.

Professional Affiliations

Midwest Nursing Research Society

Gerontological Society of America


Population Health

Physician Assistant


Link to Marquette University E-Publications - Keller

Honors and Awards

2018-19 Wallace Faculty Scholar Research Award, Marquette University College of Nursing

2018 Health Disparities Research Scholar, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

2015-2017 Selected Clinical Research Scholar, Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin


2019-2020: PI. “Assessing the Feasibility of a Workshop to Facilitate Behavioral Changes Among Caregivers” Marquette University College of Nursing.

2018-2021: Project Co-Lead, (Project lead: Pinto, D., Co-lead: Keller, A.). “Patient-Centered Outcomes Research for Employees (PCORE) of Milwaukee's Near West Side” Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

2018-2019: PI. “Concept mapping to explore health-related social control in the adult child caregiver-older adult patient dyad” Marquette University Committee on Research.

2018–2019: PI. “The impact of caregiving on social relationships: Experiences of African-American women caregivers” Marquette University College of Nursing.

2017-2018: Co-PI (PI: Knox, J, Co-PI: Keller A). “Healing Health Literacy at Two Urban Low-Income Clinics” The nccPA Health Foundation Kathy J. Pedersen Grant to Promote Equitable Care, The Hepburn Foundation.

2016-2018: PI. “Access to Physical Activity Health Education among Individuals with Depression” Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation Dr. Judith Stitt Women’s Faculty Scholar Award.

2014-2016: PI. “Examining the Impact of Diagnosis and Treatment by Non-Physician Primary Care Providers on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Depression Care” Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections Program.

2014-2016: PI. “Examining the Impact of Diagnosis and Treatment by Non-Physician Primary Care Providers on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Depression Care” NIH Loan Repayment Program in Health Disparities Research, Role.